posted on Aug, 1 2013 @ 03:28 AM
Anyone who regrets the disabled benefit system here seems to be slightly selfish in their thinking and taking a risk in one way. Not one of us can
say for certain "I am not going to get ill, suffer an accident or a loved one won't suddenly suffer one of these disasters. We are all vulnerable
and will need these services during our lifetimes.
This focussing on the disabled is spiteful because they are genuinely assessed as disabled and need the facilities.
The spare room tax is due to deliberate government policy. Our Government directed councils to allow high density, squat holes for flats and houses.
In this particular type of housing, in some homes there is not the room to swing a cat. The kitchen-ettes are condensed into the lounges and so if a
carer is needed to stay overnight with a vulnerable person there is hardly any room and the disruption is huge, if you have a disabled person who
cannot manoeuvre easily in a tiny space and you clutter that space you risk injury and costly hospital time. You won't save money with this type of
shortsighted 'save a buck' policy. Its also housing no MP would ever live in plus the Planning Officer in my council said this policy had been a
disaster and they had changed it.
There is also nowhere for storage inside or outside so things like scooters etc, which are a lifeline to someone wanting to live as independently as
they can, need a second tiny room for storing necessary equipment, keeping it clean and small maintenance jobs done to it. Again, the insurance and
replacement of equipment such as this if left outside, outweight some pifling tiny amount saved from the Council Tax. If this takes that independent
living away then the cost of housing disabled people in homes far outweighs any saving on the second bedroom. (where it is genuinely needed)
I do think as everything is means tested today the spare room for genuinely space-starved disabled people is essential and could be means tested. Lets
face it we have enough unemployed who could make a fair assessment of someone's living accommodation - so I don't see it as a problem.
I also have a nasty taste in my mouth about being governed by people who have never faced hardship and seem utterly removed and unaware of the
ordinary lives of the people they govern. This is patently obvious by the way money is always available for the wealthy and protection of their
overseas investments but unavailable for the infrastructure and needs of the people of this country.
Its not the section of the Welfare bill covering the disabled that needs rethinking its the spending our government does: outside this country, the
corrupt industries that they aid and also the focus and protection of a small hidden upper class system that drinks public money. instead of using
and risking its own money.